The Oakland Athletics won Wednesday nights game 9-7 against the Houston Astros thanks to Yoenis Cespedes, who hit two home runs, however; he left the game due to a sprained right thumb when he had an awkward fall at the plate in the fifth inning. Brandon Moss spun while tagging speedy Jose Altuve in the eighth and he seemed to be in pain but he did not come out reported by Susan Slusser from The Drumbeat. Infielder Alberto Callaspo could come back on Sunday according to Carl Steward.
The Philadelphia Phillies fell to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday by the score of 3-0. The loss was the third straight for the Phillies against the Giants and dropped to 43-57, twelve and a half games out in the National League East. A bit of good news was the return of catcher Carlos Ruiz, who returned from a concussion and went 2-for-4 with a double.
The Houston Astros announced Tuesday evening that they have placed rookie outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list with a left quad strain. The move is retroactive to July 20. They have called up infielder Marc Krauss from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Springer's roster spot.
The Washington Nationals have announced that they have placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring suffered in Tuesday night's win over the Colorado Rockies. They have recalled infielder Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse to take Zimmerman's spot on the roster.
The New York Yankees announced Wednesday afternoon that they have placed utility man Kelly Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin suffered in Tuesday night's win over the Texas Rangers. The have called up right-handed pitcher Chris Leroux from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre to fill in Johnson's roster spot.
The New York Mets are having another poor season. They are 47-53 and are sitting in fourth place in the National League East. Mets lefty Scott Rice will undergo season ending elbow surgery and shortstop Ruben Tejada's left hand is still swollen, however, he does not need X-Rays on it.
The Kansas City Royals moved to within a game of .500 with a 7-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. At 49-50, the Royals are in third place in the American League Central, seven games behind the Detroit Tigers. Mike Moustakas went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI for the Royals, who played without Eric Hosmer for the second straight game with a hand injury. Moustakas started at third in place of Danny Valencia, who was hit by a pitch on Monday.
The Detroit Tigers bullpen woes have continued this season as they lost 5-4 Tuesday night with the bullpen blowing the game. Reliever Joel Hanrahan has been recovering from the dreaded Tommy John surgery and Tigers fans could not wait for him to help the bullpen. However, Joel Hanrahan has been shut down after his bullpen session. There is good news with Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks. Dirks has resumed baseball activities as reported by James Schmehl from MLive.com.
The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Los Angeles Angels for the second straight game with a 4-2 decision last night. The win improved the Orioles to 55-44, first in the American League East. Miguel Gonzalez allowed just two earned runs on three hits in 7 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Jonathan Schoop and J.J. Hardy each had two hits for the Orioles, who were without Manny Machado due to a back injury.
The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday by the score of 4-3. Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 with two home runs, one a walk-off home run off of Sam LeCure. The win, which was the second straight for the Brewers over the Reds, improved the Brewers to 56-45 on the season. There is a bit of concern on the injury front, as second baseman Scooter Gennett had to leave the game with tightness in his right quad.
The Oakland A's entered Tuesday night's game against the Houston Astros with a record of 61-37, first in the American League East. The A's have been a powerhouse both offensively and on the mound all season, ranked second in runs scored and third in ERA. The offense should get even better, with the return of veteran outfielder Josh Reddick, who has been out with an injured right knee.
The Pirates placed Starling Marte on the seven-day
concussion disabled list Wednesday after taking a 93 mph fastball to the helmet
5 days earlier, according to Stephen Pianovich of MLB.com. Brent Morel was
promoted form Triple-A Indianapolis to take Marte’s roster spot.
The San Diego Padres got shut out by the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday by the score of 6-0. The loss dropped the Padres to 43-56 on the season, third in the National League West. Although fourth in the Major Leagues in ERA, the Padres are a dismal 30th in runs scored. On the injury front, Everth Cabrera had a successful first rehab game on Tuesday.
The Houston Astros entered Tuesday night's game against the Oakland A's with a record of 41-58, fourth in the American League West. Although 25th in the league in runs scored and 28th in ERA, the Astros have improved over a season ago, in which they won only 51 games. There was some good news on the injury front, as pitcher Collin McHugh pitched well in a rehab start at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The Texas Rangers lost to the New York Yankees on Tuesday by the score of 2-1, in 14 innings. The loss dropped the Rangers to 40-60, last in the American League West. The Rangers, who are 29th in the league in ERA, allowed only two runs, but the offense left eight men on base. On the injury front, Alex Rios is expected to return Thursday from a right ankle injury he suffered on Saturday.
Nationals manager Matt Williams announced after Tuesday night's 7-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who pulled up in the sixth inning while running out an RBI grounder (video below), has a strained right hamstring and will undergo an MRI Wednesday morning. Williams described the injury as "concerning," and compared it to a similar injury sustained by catcher Wilson Ramos which required a DL stint. With the win, the Nats are 55-43 and two games ahead of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman pulled up while running out an RBI grounder in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies (video below). Zimmerman, who is hitting .326/.394/.539 with three homers and 20 RBI in the last 24 games, walked off the field under his own power. Danny Espinosa came in to pinch run and play second base with Anthony Rendon moving to third base.